Diane Moxley is a Green Party Candidate for Congress in CD-7.
I condemn the bombing of Syria. We should prioritize diplomatic measures instead of further destabilizing the region through irresponsible and reckless military action.
On the eve of the planned arrival of international inspectors in Syria to assess the validity of the allegation that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his people, the U.S. with Britain and France bombed Syria in a series of over 100 airstrikes in three target areas, including the capital of Damascus.
Last night Trump stated, “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
The number of casualties is not yet known from these recent airstrikes. It is important to note that even with the most strategically planned strikes, civilians are still killed, injured, or displaced. The U.S. no longer keeps a formal count of civilians killed in actions, but independent groups estimate that at least 6,000 civilians were killed from American-led airstrikes between August 2014 and March 2017.
What we can begin to calculate are the monetary expenses as each Tomahawk missile costs about $1.4 million. U.S. officials say that 118 missiles were fired last night by the U.S. military. Depending on the number of those that were Tomahawk missiles, the airstrikes cost the U.S. approximately $165.2 million.
I support the Green Party’s position that military action should be reserved for the most extreme circumstances and that it should follow domestic and international laws. I also support diplomatic and humanitarian responses to the Syrian crisis. Diplomacy measures such as using weapons embargoes, freezing of bank accounts, and other diplomatic tools to end the violence should be used as opposed to dropping bombs on innocent civilians. We need to demand an international ceasefire with humanitarian aid and support international monitoring of elections and conditions in Syria and for displaced Syrians abroad.
Republicans view Syria through the eyes of xenophobia, the Democrats view Syria through the eyes of the military industrial complex and corporate interests. Neither party actually takes into consideration the impact of military action on the people of Syria. The case of Syria is extremely complex; we can’t support solutions that destroy a nation and its people. We must demand an end to military action in Syria and instead demand an approach that comes from a place of peace and that truly understands and takes into consideration the plight of the Syrian people.